Most children have all of their baby teeth by age 3. They begin to lose their baby teeth around age 6. Because baby teeth are useful for eating, speaking, and maintaining space for the permanent teeth, it is important to keep them cavity free and healthy. But along comes the day when it is time for the Tooth Fairy.
I remember placing my own baby teeth under the pillow each time one fell out. I felt excitement in anticipation of the Tooth Fairy. Now, I look forward to celebrating these “growing up” occasions with my own two children.
Occasionally a tooth needs encouragement to come out painlessly, and I will be happy to help with this. Sometimes a child has a tooth so diseased that it must be removed to eliminate infection and pain. If a tooth needs to be removed by me for your child’s optimal comfort and health, your child does not need worry. I have children of my own and will be gentle. Your child will be numbed, and after the tooth is extracted, your child can still put the tooth under the pillow.
Yes, the children in my practice will be pleased to know they can have their tooth after I extract it. The State of Florida dental regulations allow dentists to give a patient or the patient’s legal guardian any tooth extracted from the patient, as long as the dentist makes the tooth non-biohazardous by disinfecting it.
So if you would like to take home a tooth for the Tooth Fairy, I will disinfect it and package it “to go” before you leave the office.
The Original Tooth Fairy Poll by Delta Dental Plans Association reported at the end of Feburary that the Tooth Fairy still visits 81% of U.S. homes. In 2014, the average gift was $4.36, up from $3.50 in 2013. Another survey by Visa found the numbers were different and varied according to whether mom or dad left the gift under the pillow. Dads were apparently more generous.
The amount given today is much higher than the quarter I remember finding under my pillow as a child but the size of the gift varies according to the family. Some families prefer to put a special coin like a silver dollar or another type of small gift under the pillow. It’s a good idea to remember that the first visit from the Tooth Fairy often sets a precedent for future visits.